In February of 2010, a charrette was held at the University of Miami School of Architecture over the subject of rebuilding/reconstructing Haiti. A group of local and foreign designers, architects, engineers, geologists, planners, community activists, members of the Haitian government, and volunteer design students committed themselves to this week long event, which was led by Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. The charrette was held in great success, and helped Haiti convince other nations at the U.N. for 5.3 billion dollars in donations.
A year later, and unfortunately, Port-au-Prince still remains in ruins. Nevertheless, the ongoing planning process continues, as local Miami architecture and planning firm Duany Plater Zyberk along with the Prince’s Foundations for the Built Environment collaborate on the project. Images have recently been revealed of the work being produced, which can be seen above. Here is an excerpt from the article in http://www.Haitilibre.com, that talks about the rebuilding:
The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment of the Prince Charles based in London and the firm of Miami, Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), have been committed by the Haitian Government to develop a reconstruction plan of Port-au-Prince and make proposals on the spatial organization of the perimeter declared of public utility.
The foundation, with its international experience, has already contributed in the past to reshape the downtown areas in often difficult conditions like those of Kingston (Jamaica) or Kabul (Afghanistan). Sources close to the project, indicate that the downtown Port-au-Prince is the biggest challenge to date treated by the Foundation.
A plan was unveiled this week to reconstruct the historic downtown of Port-au-Prince with a better urban environment than existed prior to the January 2010 earthquake. The plan envisions to rebuilt a government center around the presidential palace with civic and administrative buildings, museums, concert halls, schools and green spaces. There will be a pedestrian area in front of new buildings. “The historic street grid will be retained with new small parks on street corners that will come together to form complete squares of tremendous elegance” explains planner and architect Andres Duany.